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Supervisor Katy Tang announces she will not seek re-election, leaving open race for Sunset seat

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Supervisor Katy Tang on Tuesday announced she would not run for reelection. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)


Supervisor Katy Tang announced she will not seek reelection Tuesday, on the eve of the deadline to file papers to run.

Instead, Tang’s legislative aide Jessica Ho has filed with the Department of Elections to run for the District 4 seat, which represents the Sunset District.

“It is with mixed emotions that I share with you my decision to not seek re-election,” Tang wrote in an email to her district. “It is time for me to pursue a change in my life and new challenges. I do not yet know my next steps, but I do know that personal growth is something that I value and am seeking.”

Tuesday at 5 p.m. was the deadline to file, and Tang’s 5:17 p.m. announcement seems aimed at cutting out the competition from running against her leg aide. Presumably, credible challengers would not have materialized to run against Tang, since she is a popular incumbent.

Interestingly, however, a quirk in the law allows five extra days for potential new supervisors to file when an incumbent bows out of the race. That new deadline for potential District 4 supervisors to file is Monday at 5 p.m., said Department of Elections Director John Arntz, in a statement conveyed by an elections staffer. (Yes, I’m quite aware that’s not five days, nor is it five business days, but that’s what he said).

Tang was a reliable vote for the moderate-Democrat wing of the Board of Supervisors, and her absence may represent an opportunity for progressive supervisors to secure a seventh member of their wing following the electoral win of District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman. Should a progressive choose to run to oppose Ho it would be an uphill battle, however, as the homeowner-heavy district tends to skew towards moderate political sensibilities.

Tang was first appointed to the Board of Supervisors in 2013, and ran to fill out the remainder of Supervisor Carmen Chu’s term after she was elected as city assessor. Tang again ran for election in 2014, and was eligible to run for her seat for a last time this November.

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